After years of running this website, I thought it might fun to do a little EDC update. Tony used to do these and I enjoyed them. I don’t know if this will be a quarterly, or semi-annual update, but I felt like doing it and thought it would be cool. Ben also contributed so that’s great. Let us know if you like this sort of thing in the comments section, and it can become a regular segment.
Lately, the thrust of my EDC has been simplification. And I don’t mean carrying less stuff. I own and have enjoyed flashlights, pens, and watches, but the only things I ever regularly carry are knives (a pen would tag along in my pocket if I didn’t work from home).
No, I’ve been simplifying by scaling back my knife collection, and by extension my actual EDC rotation. As I’ve alluded to in recent reviews and podcasts the sheer number of knives I own is disproportionately large relative to my actual cutting needs. Thus I’ve begun to liquidate my 40-or-so knife collection, holding on to just the bare essentials – the few knives that I can justify owning for the purposes of carrying on a regular basis.
This means that, barring review samples, I might become a (more or less) One Knife Man. My current forerunner for permanent EDC knife is a standard Benchmade 940. It’s hard to beat – and hard to explain – the interplay of light weight, thoughtless deployment, and cutting performance that makes it so good and so ineffable. We’ll see if it still reigns supreme when we check in for the second Roundup.
The newest blades to hit the review table include are the CRKT Pilar and the Benchmade Bugout. The Pilar is a fun knife – probably more ‘fun’ than it is ‘good’ – that opened my eyes to the value of what CRKT does. It wasn’t a fun knife to carry throughout the hottest weeks of the year, but there’s a lot to like about it. With the Bugout, I hoped to find an alternative to the Griptilian as an entry-level Benchmade knife. When I got it I realized it’s probably too specialized to really compete with the Grip, but it’s an interesting knife nonetheless.
Arguably the most significant update to my EDC is that I streamlined my keys a few months ago. Over the years I had collected an assortment of keys from various apartments, houses, etc. I probably had a dozen keys and hadn’t used the majority of them in years. I stripped away the unused keys, kept the ones I do use, and color coded them for convenience. This made a huge difference in my EDC and is something well worth doing if you haven’t done a “key audit” lately.
As far as knives go, I’ve had the good fortune to check out all sorts of cool stuff. Much of it has been reviewed, but I have a number of items on deck including a Hogue EX05, a Benchmade Proxy, and a Todd Begg Steelcraft Bodega. All awesome knives.
As for my regular rotation, I repurchased the Strider SnG a few months ago and have been carrying it regularly. I sold my original SnG when I was in debt pay down mode, but now that I’ve paid off most of my debt I decided to bring a SnG back into the fold. This was right before the announcement that Strider knives was disbanding so I picked it up for a decent price. For whatever reason I really enjoy this knife, especially with the new “dagger grind”. This version of the SnG slices so much better than my old full flat grind variant. It’s a huge upgrade. There is nothing else quite like the SnG, and I don’t see myself getting rid of it any time soon.
Beyond that, when I need a flashlight I carry the Streamlight Microstream. Ben gifted this one to me, and I am really glad he did because it’s an excellent little light. Everything you need for daily carry and nothing you don’t. I’ve used the “hat light” feature a few times and it’s great for power outages, grilling, and other extended use situations. Ben was on point with his review and I echo his recommendations.
My watch has been the Sinn U1. I bought this watch a couple years ago and it hasn’t left my wrist since. It’s a unique piece that has held my interest for 2 years strong now. The fact that I haven’t moved on to something else says a lot, as this was a replacement for a more expensive Planet Ocean 2500. I will eventually review my U1, but Aaron and Grayson have been doing a great job with their watch reviews. I’ll probably release my review during a lull in the action.
For my watch, I have a black Big Skinny bifold. This wallet was recommended by Tony and it’s my second Big Skinny wallet. I got 3 or 4 years out of my first one, and this wallet is holding up even better. Great wallet and reasonably priced.